About us

Services and events are held at Battle Methodist Church's Emmanuel Centre, Harrier Lane , Battle TN33 0FL

Tel: 01424 777029 


   Rev. Peggy Heim.           Rev. Ian Pruden       Rev. Tricia Williams

Peggy, Ian and Tricia share the responsibility for the Churches of the Hastings, Bexhill and Rye Methodist Circuit.

Peggy  has pastoral responsibility for Battle, St.Leonards and Trinity (Broad Oak-Brede) Methodist Churches. She is also a chaplain to the Lauriston Nursing Home, now run by MHA and Padre of the Hastings branch of the Royal British Legion.

The Rev. Ian Pruden was confirmed by the Methodist Conference to be Circuit Superintendent from 1st September 2014. The Circuit Office can be contacted at 01424 730877 and emailed at hbrmethcircuit@btconnect.com

David Freeland is a Supernumerary Minister, who lives in Battle and take some local services within the Circuit

  Jackie Knowles-Baker Jane Munro (senior Steward)
  Paula Foord (also Circuit Steward)          Gillian Muhlemann
Worship Leader
Sue Lindsay

Church Treasurer            Church Council Secretary            

Alastair Munro   
Jan Marks

Emmanuel Centre Manager

  Andrew Knowles-Baker        

Organist        Children's Work        Safeguarding        Pastoral      Ecumenical/Community
Neil Bannock         Steven and Merle Bailey        Jackie Knowles-Baker    Beryl Finbow     David Freeland and Merle Bailey

Property and Finance Group
Alastair Munro (Treasurer) , Beryl Finbow (Catering), Rev. Peggy Heim, Andrew Knowles-Baker, Keith Foord, Steven Bailey

Social and Fundraising Group
Paula Foord, Beryl Finbow, Jackie and Andrew Knowles-Baker, Merle Bailey

Christine Freeland plus David Freeland assisted by the Webmaster

Circuit Meeting Representatives
Alastair Munro, Jane Munro , Paula Foord, Jill Sayers

Mid-week Fellowship Groups (See 'Who's Meeting When?' for more details)

Two fellowship groups have grown up out of requests from the congregation.

Two further groups led by David meet fortnightly on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, 10am in the Larch Room at the Emmanuel Centre and at 7pm at 5 Virgins Lane.These are very informal Bible Studies with time for sharing and praying together.


Prayer has been a vital part of the building of The Emmanuel Centre, and our task to implement our “Strategy for Mission” now depends upon the prayers of every member of our congregation.

The Fellowship of the Believers (Acts ch. 2)

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Prayer of St Paul (Ephesians ch. 3)
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Hastings, Bexhill and Rye Circuit Prayer for 2016 - 17
Journeying God, you promise to never leave us when we set out on new adventures. You give us Jesus who is the Way, to come with us and go before us. You send your Spirit to give us courage and peace to keep going when it feels too much.

Journeying God, our Circuit has many new adventures to celebrate, to pray for, and to offer when they feel a bit scary.

We pray for churches that have come together to form one new society; churches moving to new premises in the community; churches beginning ambitious mission focussed refurbishment schemes, and churches reaching out to the community through open doors, new forms of worship, friendship events and Messy Church.

We pray for churches seeking a way forward, wanting to be your people, but finding so many questions ahead which need answering and needing more energy than perhaps they have. For them we pray for courage and peace.

We pray for one another, our eleven communities, our Methodist School, our heritage centre at Winchelsea and our two Methodist Homes. We thank you God for the tremendous gifts and graces within our Circuit famly and for the spirit of optimism and confidence we are enjoying together.

Journeying God, you beckon us to adventures yet unknown. May we trust you this year as you lead us, challenge us, and bless us.

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